Jones Hooks has more than 30 years of experience in managing multifaceted organizations. His background includes working extensively in the public and private sectors, on local, state, national, and international levels.
After finishing undergraduate study at the University of Georgia in 1975, Hooks earned his Masters of Business Administration from George Washington University. After receiving his MBA, Hooks assumed a full time position on Capitol Hill with Congressman Ronald “Bo” Ginn.
In 1981, Hooks was named Director of the Kings Bay Impact Coordinating Committee (KBICC), established by Congress to assist communities in Camden County, Georgia, and Nassau County, Florida, in preparing for and mitigating impacts related to construction of the Navy’s Trident Submarine Base at Kings Bay, Georgia. After six years at Kings Bay, Hooks was recruited to lead the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission. After successfully managing that organization, Hooks was chosen by to head the Albany Chamber of Commerce.
In 1997, Hooks moved to Atlanta to work in the Strategic Relocation and Expansion Services group of KPMG. At KPMG, Hooks spent months on special assignment with the Yamacraw Mission , a state-funded, highly confidential project focused on building a high tech economy in Georgia.
Beginning in August of 1999, Hooks served as President and CEO of the Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance (HREDA) headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia. HREDA is a public/private regional partnership representing 1 jurisdictions and 1.5 million people from Williamsburg to Virginia Beach. Since June 2008, Hooks has served as Executive Director of the Jekyll Island Authority (JIA).